Compact archive June 16, 2008

Josh Wink's Prague concert getting nearer

On Friday 20th June, Mecca welcomes one of the all time greats of underground electronic music. That man is the legendary Josh Wink. Since his groundbreaking record ‘Higher States of Consciousness’ bought chaos to our dancefloor many moons ago and started a career of the king of acid house.

“Some people get pigeonholed as being into just one thing,” Wink remarks. “I hate that. When there are rules, it doesn’t become art, and it’s not fun. I’ve learned that you can’t please everybody, so I’d rather be concerned with making good art, and the people that like this art will stick with you.”

Over the past fifteen years Josh Wink has always ran ahead of the pack, as a DJ, label owner, producer, remixer, and artist. With a career that boasts numerous magazine covers, chart topping singles, sold out DJ gigs and collaborations with such A-list artists as Radiohead, Sting and Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), Philly-bred Josh Wink has grown into one of the Americas most revered and respected electronic music artists.

You don’t want to miss this party! Friday 20th June 2008, in one of the best Prague Club Mecca, the unique concert of Josh Wink! be prepared to see a true legend in action.

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The Czech police is going to give away free non-alcoholic beer

Is it an absurd vision, that a police officer would give you a free beverage? Well it can happen, where else than in Prague. Since today to Thursday, the traffic-preventive action called ‘Alcohol doesn’t belong behind the wheel’ takes place in Prague.

The police is going to check drivers for alcohol, those who didn’t drink before driving will get a free, non-alcoholic beer as a reward.

The meaning of the action is to emphasize, drivers can drink only non-alcoholic drinks, and to warn against hazards of drunk driving. But it wouldn’t be Czechs, if the solution wouldn’t include beers… I guess beer really is the Czech word for water...

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Football Euro 2008: Czechs Out

It was clear, that without the attacking team, which missed Rosicky, Nedved, Poborsky, and consisted almost solely from Koller, we cannot score high in Euro. I don’t understand, why I am always so susceptible by the media and always start to watch the Czech football team struggling. It seemed so incredible in the first half – after the team presented no warlikeness with Switzerland (but we won 1:0) , and after the meeting with so much better Portugal (they won 3:2) the Czech team finally seemed to wake up at the match with Turkey, and actually played. For 20 minutes.

The yesterday match with Turkey? In 87th minute the Czechs were winning 2:1, but than the team lost all the concentration and energy and their game resembled collapse. The best player of the Czech team, Petr Cech, didn’t held centre, the ball came out of his gloves right in front of Turkish captain Nihata boots. And in two minutes, Nihata scored again, 3:2.

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Sylvain Chauveau and Félicie Atkins: Music Infinity

Sylvain Chauveau The concert series Music Infinity continues with the concert of french couple Sylvain Chauveau and Félicie Atkins. Sylvain Chauveau belongs to the big discoveries of French alternative music of the past years. The Czech audience saw him in 2006, when he introduced his album Down to the Bone An Acoustic Tribute to Depeche Mode. The concert was such an success in Prague, the album was published here on the NextEra label.

In the production of Sylvain Chauveau, as well as for his mate Félicie Atkins, the most important construction unit of the created music is the suggestive and meditative atmosphere, performed on dreamy vocal, tranquil tones of piano or guitar. Minimalistic, ambient, ethereally flowing arranges can drag a listener in a fragile wold full of imagination.

Music Infinity presents Sylvain Chauveau and Félicie Atkins, 18th June 2008, Palac Akropolis, Prague

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Prague Kids Getting Fatter

The number of obese kids grows year by year. The illness that stroke the USA comes to the Czech Republic? No way. I don’t think many people here could afford to pay for their super obesity, and also thanks to the fact traffic jams are so common people are forced to leave their cars at home and get on their feet.

Anyway, MF Dnes brought a survey, according to which 2888 kids under 14 needed to go to a doctor because of obesity and resulting problems. “The reasons are simple. Kids do not move very much and instead of going to sports when they come from school, they sit by a tv or by a computer.” Dr. Marie Finkova explains.

The other reason are the soda machines in schools. But.. don’t you think it’s strange, that all the world needs to deal with the problems that brings the US kind of life, as well as enjoy its undeniable benefits?